I can’t even believe it as I am typing the words out, but sweet Baby G will turn one year old in only three more weeks – on June 27. She’s so incredibly cute right now – crawling, pulling up, babbling, trying to eat with a spoon, and really starting to become a real little person. I am pretty sure she’ll be walking soon.
All of these things are exciting developments, of course, but really, the best thing about her getting close to her first birthday is that apparently, we can soon ditch the uber-expensive infant formula she’s been guzzling for the past 10 months. You remember, the kind that must be made from things like flakes of gold and ground-up unicorn horns and fairy wings? Otherwise, how could it possibly cost so much?
I am pretty sure we’ve been spending between $50-$75 weekly on this special hypoallergenic infant formula for the past 40-plus weeks. Now I’m no math whiz, but even I can see how that’s added up to a rather frightening amount of money. So the fact that the general medical consensus seems to be that we can now start transitioning her over to regular old old, high fat cow’s milk is appealing.
Jon prepares most of G’s bottles, even when I am the one doing the feeding, and he’s begin mixing cow’s milk with her formula in the past few weeks. I’ve noticed that she seems less able to sleep when she’s had one of the bottles with milk, and I am worried that the same tummy sensitivities that led to us going with the pricey hypoallergenic formula in the first place may trouble her again now that we are trying to wean her off the formula. Plus, I just read some info from Dr. Sears in which he suggests that parents of formula-fed babies like G hold off on making the switch to regular milk.
So I’m not entirely sure how to make this switch for a baby with a sensitive tummy. How quickly should we try to transition completely over to milk, and should I start giving her supplemental vitamins? Are some doctors now really suggesting that formula-fed babies stay on formula into the second year?
For those of you who formula-fed your babies, I’d really appreciate it if you would tell me how y’all made this transition from infant formula to cow’s milk, and when.Our pediatrician says we can switch now, but has your baby doctor told you something different? I don’t want to rush it, but I sure would like to get her off the smelly, crazy-expensive cans of Alimentum ASAP.
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